choosing a wedding venue!Wednesday, February 12, 2014
We got engaged on October 31, 2013. When we got engaged we pretty much had two options:
1.Start planning immediately and have less than 10 months to plan the wedding
2. Have a longer engagement and have almost a year and a half to plan the wedding
Since we are getting married in Omaha, where we are both from, but currently live in Kansas City, we decided to have a long engagement. Every wedding decision we need to make will require a trip home and we wanted to be able to spread that out. We decided we have our whole lives to be married, but only a year and half to be engaged! We wanted to enjoy this stage of life, too!
Our original choice for our wedding date was April 4, 2015. Our four year anniversary will be on April 3, so we thought it would be fun for our rehearsal dinner to fall on our anniversary and have the wedding the next day. Well, Easter is super early next year and falls on April 5th! So, we moved the wedding to the next week.
When looking at wedding venues, we pretty much had one requirement: it needed to be close to a hotel. We will have a lot of out of town guests and we wanted it to be easy for them to get to and from the reception from their hotel. The venue needed to either be within walking distance to a hotel, or near a hotel that would provide shuttle service to our guests. We have been to multiple weddings where we have to figure out a ride home and when you're in an unfamiliar city it is not always easy! Cabs are easy to get the night of the wedding, but trying to get a cab to pick up your car at 9 AM the next morning so you can check out of the hotel is no easy feat :).
Below are pictures of our top three choices for our wedding venue! (As you can tell from the pictures we toured in December. I'm a little behind in writing this post!)
Pros: New building so very few weddings have taken place here, modern look (+ fire place in center!), easy parking for guests, close to interstate for out of town guests
Cons: A sporting event will be taking place at the time of our wedding, in-house caterer we have never heard of, hotel being built next door but nothing currently there
We immediately narrowed our list down to Ralston and Scoular simply because of the size of the Paxton. This space is beautiful and if you have a guest list smaller than ours, I would highly recommend it! If our guest list were about 50 people smaller it would have been in the running longer.
Choosing our wedding venue was actually pretty difficult for us. I think we struggled with it because so much is decided based off of your venue: where your guests stay, the food you can serve, the drinks you can serve, how many people you invite, etc. I talked to some of my married friends and they all said choosing the venue was their hardest decision, so at least we're fairly normal :).After reading this list of pros and cons, I think the right decision for us was obvious. Maybe I should have written this out right after we toured and the right place for us would have stood out, ha!
We have since figured out our food and alcohol. I will do an updated post about those when we get to do our tasting! Our next step will be choosing our photographer!
Thank you to Tyler for putting up with my indecisiveness, Tyler's parents for their help and patience in our search for finding the venue, and my mother for listening to countless phone calls of me weighing the options, helping drop off deposits, and attending events for me that I can't because I live in KC <3.
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